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JOEY Restaurant Group donates $160,000 to George Brown College

Grows partnership between JOEY Restaurant Group and George Brown, enabling more hands-on opportunities for culinary students

Press release

JOEY Restaurant Group is proud to announce a $160,000 donation to George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA). The donation will go towards program and facility enhancements, supporting the CHCA expansion at 300 Adelaide Street East. The gift will be provided to CHCA over four years, along with new hands-on learning opportunities for culinary and hospitality students.

Since opening the first Toronto location of JOEY Restaurants at Don Mills in 2009, George Brown College students and alumni have been an integral part of the growth and success of the restaurants. From 2013 onward, JOEY Restaurant Group has enabled George Brown students enrolled in programs at CHCA to enter the restaurant sector through scholarships, paid externships and employment opportunities. Currently, over 100 George Brown College students and alumni are employed by JOEY Restaurant Group.

“The expansion of our relationship with George Brown allows this partnership to grow. We are working together to provide greater opportunities for students to develop,” says Rupert Martin, Vice President Eastern Culinary Operations, JOEY Restaurant Group. “We are thrilled to partner with George Brown faculty and staff, as they truly believe in teaching their students those important, hands-on skills that we find most valuable in the staff we hire.”

“Real-world examples of life in the industry are vital for our students,” says Lorraine Trotter, Dean, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts. “Career information sessions and restaurant tours provided by JOEY Restaurants enable our students to understand how their education directly relates to their intended careers and the kind of commitment that is necessary. The opportunity to ask questions directly to those working in the field is important for our students’ growth and success. We are very grateful to Joey Restaurants for their continued engagement and support.”

JOEY Restaurant Group looks forward to the continued development of George Brown’s culinary arts and hospitality students as well as the hiring opportunities afforded by the partnership and growth of the JOEY Restaurants and LOCAL Public Eatery brands.

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